As the 21st-century progresses, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction have consistently presented itself as being a truly difficult and problematic issue. Unfortunately, drug and alcohol addiction has become a very harmful problem in society today, one of which seems to only get worse and worse with each passing year. What a lot of people are starting to learn about addiction is that this is now probably the country’s number one most concerning health problem.
Education to Address Addiction
Studies show that when it comes to addiction and especially when it comes to substance abuse amongst young people, one of our biggest issues at this time is with the fact that people simply do not know that much about drugs and alcohol and the effects that these substances are able to have on people. This really does become a matter of education and pure and simple awareness of a rapidly growing issue. Current studies actually show us that the vast majority of people who are consistently and regularly affected by addiction actually know very little about this problem.
These studies show that, by and large, when people start to abuse drugs or alcohol, they do so with little to no knowingness or information about substance abuse. In a lot of ways, this makes sense logically, as it is understandable that people who knew a lot about the true facts and the true dangers and the true risks of substance abuse would, of course, stay away from such a grim and concerning issue. Furthermore, generally speaking, once people find out about just how risky and dangerous substance abuse really is, they generally speaking wish that they had stayed away from substance abuse.
We can see then the powerful role that education would have in preventing people from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. As it stands right now, utilizing education as an effective and capable technique for addressing addiction is key. Most people think that you can only utilize education to try to prevent other people from becoming addicted to substances when in actual fact you can use education to improve the lives of even those who are currently trying to make it through addiction recovery. This is by utilizing a psychoeducational group in helping people to firmly and stably learn everything there is to know about addiction and how to fix the problem in such a way that they will never consider relapsing.
What is a psychoeducational group and what are the types of psychoeducational groups? As one can imagine, the biggest fear and the biggest difficulty that anybody who is in recovery faces is the constant threat of relapse. The threat of relapse is simply that looming fear and concern that a person will not be able to find total stability in their sobriety and will end up relapsing back onto their old substance abuse habits. Truthfully, this is definitely a legitimate concern to have. There’s always that possibility.
However, when a person puts in the effort and put in the time and really learns about addiction and how it affects the mind and the body and what have you, it gives them a lot of tools and it really helps them to create and maintain a level of persistence and abstinence that is far more permanent. Psychoeducational groups really do help a lot, because they show people and educate people on the very real effects of drug and alcohol addiction and why these habits should be avoided.
In a psychoeducational group, participants will experience a sort of a classroom setting where they will learn a lot more about drug and alcohol abuse then even their various experiences with these habits would have taught them. Furthermore, they will also be able to share their experiences and the stories of the various events that happened to them during their time spent abusing drugs and alcohol. All in all, this whole approach is very effective and helpful because it teaches people about substance abuse even above and beyond what they may have learned from their own experiences.
Freedom from Addiction with A Forever Recovery
At A Forever Recovery, a psychoeducational group is utilized as a part of the relapse prevention aspect of the program. Psychoeducational groups are very effective and very helpful in this way and A Forever Recovery is able to make full use of them. If clients particularly enjoy the psychoeducational part of the A Forever Recovery program, then they can network with other psychoeducational groups on an outpatient basis in their hometown after they complete treatment at A Forever Recovery.
In this way, recovering individuals can make this approach key for them and they can further expand their knowledge and understanding of addiction in such a way that they continue to learn about it for years into the future. For more information about psychoeducational groups and how A Forever Recovery can help people, reach out to us today at 877-467-8363.